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Police Officer (Instructor)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Brockton
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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  • These positions are located in the Police Service at VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus, Jamaica Plain Campus, and Brockton Campus. *

The duty location will be determined after selection.

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Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Distinguish and properly classify criminal or civil violations that may occur.
  • Conduct foot patrol and/or vehicle patrol for a prescribed patrol area over the course of a regular shift.
  • Inform individuals about their rights as suspects and/or witnesses.
  • Respond to calls or alarms involving crimes in progress or just discovered.
  • Issue citations for personally observed violations of the law, rules, or regulations.
  • Record observations about traffic conditions, vehicle locations, and other pertinent information for accident reports.
  • Pursue and apprehend persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest.
  • Identify and arrest violators based on eyewitness accounts.
  • Interrogate suspects.
  • Analyze facts to quickly identify suspects and develop case information for use in pressing charges and bringing suspects to trial.
  • Report fire and safety hazards detected and take immediate action to extinguish or control fires discovered and to temporarily correct unsafe conditions.
  • Plan, coordinate, and provide training to all Police Officers in accordance with Handbook 0730, established training policies & procedures of the Office of Security and Law Enforcement (OS&LE), the VA Police Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC), and Medical Center policies and regulations.
  • Responsible for scheduling all officers for all required training related to the performance of their duties including the initial and ongoing weapons/equipment training for all assigned Police Officers.

Work Schedule:

The work schedule for this position may require that you work an irregular tour of duty including weekends and/or holidays. Full Time (40 hours per week); Potential for rotating shifts and weekend. May be require to work any and all tours of duty at any of the three campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System at the discretion of the Chief, Police and Security Service. May be called upon to work on a regularly scheduled day off, when and if needed.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Police Officer (Instructor)/PD99844A and PD010590

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

NOTE: These positions are AFGE (Jamaica Plain) and NAGE (Brockton and West Roxbury) Bargaining Unit positions.

NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE: These positions are covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE: Current employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel to other VABHS campuses.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/07/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 you must meet the following Minimum Requirement:

Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-06) in Federal Service; and may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills. Specialized experience specific to this position includes: conducting foot, bike, and vehicle patrols; identifying and arresting violators; taking statements from witnesses; writing a variety of reports; conducting investigations; interrogating suspects; preventing, resolving, and investigating simple infractions to violent crimes and felonies; making arrests and performing booking procedures; and issuing citations. (This experience must be reflected in your resume to be credited to your rating.)

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Arrest
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Education and Training

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: VA Police Officers must be capable of arduous physical exertion. This includes the ability to carry persons in emergency evacuations, to run to the assistance of offense victims, and intercede in physical disturbances. Any structural or functional limitation or defect which tends to interfere materially with a high degree of physical activity will disqualify. All applicants must:

a. Demonstrate to the physician's complete satisfaction the upper and lower body strength and movement coordination necessary to perform the functional requirements circled on the SF 78 associated with this standard.

b. Have good distant vision in each eye and ability to distinguish basic colors.

c. Be able to hear the conversational voice without the use of a hearing aid.

d. Possess complete and functional limbs.

e. Possess emotional and mental stability.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Brockton , Police Officer (Instructor), Other , Brockton, Massachusetts

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